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Sobel & Co. Hosts Executive Women’s Breakfast Series

Jessica Marrone Parkes

Monday, July 29, 2013 • 6:55am

LIVINGSTON, NJ – On the morning of July 24, Sobel & Co., Accounting and Consulting Firm hosted another Executive Women’s Breakfast for professionals and entrepreneurs at the Eisenhower Corporate Campus.

This morning’s presentation entitled, ‘Getting to Breakthrough’ was given by Solange Perret, Ph.D, Partner of the London Perret Roche Group.

“I really enjoyed giving this presentation,” said Perret. “Women are getting ahead. I think the world of women is really changing.  We can hear it in the news and everywhere.  Also, women think that they have to be even more rational than men to fit into the man’s world, and they don’t.  And that is why I love talking to women because I can bring to them a ‘beyond rationality’ type of framework.  And I don’t do that very often because rarely I have large groups of women who are executives come together in one room.  Usually there are one or two women in a group of 10.  So I loved it this morning.”

Perret started her presentation by defining what it meant to have a ‘breakthrough.’  She defined it as something that was “unpredictable from past performance yet highly desired.”

She also identified a common pattern of behavior that prevented people from achieving ‘breakthrough.’   “What happens when we are met with ‘I can’t do it?’” she asked the crowd.  Women volunteered and shouted out answers:  “We give up,” and “we reduce the goal.”

Perret continued on with more challenging questions for the ladies and explained how each person will use filters such as experience, knowledge and expertise to determine if their goal is obtainable.  “We are in a box – we think in a box,” said Perret.  “It’s all the stuff, the baggage that we are carrying – and we are proud of our knowledge, but there’s something beyond that.”

She asked the ladies, “Can you have breakthrough from examining the past?” One women answered that examining the past will deter a person from making the same mistake again.  With many concurring heads nodding, Perret answered, “you cannot have breakthrough inside of that.”  She then outlined how the past can govern a vicious cycle without a person realizing it.

“So, how do we have to think to get a breakthrough?” Perret asked the audience. “How do you get to say, ‘wow, I can do this’?”

With many women now sitting at the edge of their seats for the answer, Perret took the audience through each step of how to ‘Get to breakthrough.’ 

After the presentation, Jo-Ann C. Dixon, Principal Consultant for JCD Consulting, shared with the audience that she kept a note on her dresser that she looked at every day that said, “Do something that scares you today.”

Jennifer Ponzini Ramos, Managing Partner of 440 Caterers LLC., created by Johnny’s on the Green Restaurant, attended the breakfast for the first time.  “I thought the presentation was amazing. Solange really made you think about the mindset you are currently using to conduct business with.”

“Today’s speaking engagement was very inspiring and it will take you to the next level easily.  You just have to get out of the box.”  Mary Ann Beltz, Vice President of Valley National Bank, has been attending the women’s breakfast for more than eight years.  She said she keeps coming because, “the women are very professional and extremely inspiring and you always meet someone new.”

Sobel & Co. hosts the Executive Women’s Breakfast six times a year for women in business that would like the opportunity to be inspired by speakers such as Solange Perret.

Sobel Partner and Chief Growth Strategist, Sally Glick, and Marketing Manager Colleen Logan have been organizing events like this for the past several years and have watched attendance grow to more than 150.

Breakfasts are attended by a diverse group of business woman that are involved in a plethora of industries.  From Attorneys to Corporate Art Consultants and everything in between, these ladies are afforded an opportunity to network and to be enriched by one another’s expertise.

Sobel & Co.’s next Executive Women’s Breakfast will be held this fall at the Eisenhower Corporate Campus.

For more information on Sobel events contact Sally Glick at (973) 994-9494

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